Tungtide

Insensitive Horror

Posted by tungtide on June 27, 2008, 7:46 pm

Update (7/7/08): The girl was granted the right to an abortion.

My travels across the blogosphere found me at The Information Paradox reading about an 11-year-old Romanian girl who was raped by her uncle. Wait, it gets worse:

Twenty church groups on Thursday urged a government committee not to allow an 11-year-old girl raped by her uncle to travel to Britain for an abortion. The pro-life Christian Orthodox groups also threatened to press charges if the girl were allowed to have a termination in Romania on exceptional grounds.

Who do these people think they are? What right does a church have to tell a victimized child that she must carry her baby to term?

…the church groups offered “material, spiritual and psychological help” to the child’s impoverished family, adding they would also raise the child in a church institution if the family was unable to care for it.

A girl in this situation needs help in many ways, but spiritual is hardly one of them. I may be splitting hairs but it also appears that the church groups are offering their assistance to the family and not specifically the child. Whether or not that part is true is irrelevant.

One of my biggest issues with the so-called “pro-life” movement is their seeming distaste for those already living over the unborn. The wellness, feelings, and future of this girl appear to fade into the background while twenty churches attempt to force a child to become a mother.

Various other members of the pro-life movement fail to see the hypocrisy in killing abortion doctors to further their cause. I can’t remember where I read it but someone more talented than I am asked why an adult doctor with a family and chidren was more expendable to society than an unborn fetus that is incabable of independent survival. I am off-topic a little, so I’ll bring this to a close with a glimmer of hope:

…the Romanian Orthodox Church [stood in contrast to the other twenty groups], which said the decision should be left to the girl’s family.

The Romainan Orthodox Church may disagree with abortion in every way, shape, and form, but understands that this is not their decision to make.

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One Response to “Insensitive Horror”

  1. […] The 11-year-old Romanian girl who was raped by her (now missing) uncle has been granted the right to an abortion despite the protests of twenty religious groups.  I originally covered the topic here. […]

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